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Elaine Prodor, FGDC

Elaine has been a professional member of the GDC since 1991 and a founding member of the Alberta South Chapter. She has served on that local executive in a number of positions including that of President, and is now the Education Chair, serving as a liaison between the Alberta College of Art & Design in Calgary and the GDC for the past six years. Elaine has also been involved in the Society nationally, participating in many national conferences and working on business practices, membership, the establishment of the National Secretariat and accreditation committees.

Elaine is now a permanent instructor at Alberta College of Art & Design. She has been teaching within the Visual Communications Design Department for the past eleven years and her experience there has covered a full spectrum of courses, including fundamentals, letter form design, design process, typography, portfolio development and introductory computer skills.

As a design educator, she has fulfilled the obligation to understand precisely what is happening beyond the college walls. ACAD students have tapped her resources as a practicing graphic designer and illustrator—she has been active and successful in the profession for over 20 years. In addition to managing her own graphic design business, Empire Graphics, she’s held a variety of positions and contracts in the corporate, government and private sectors. Elaine’s scope of work covers everything from corporate identity to information graphics to advertising, with roles ranging from design and art direction to production management.

Elaine believes in evolution—acknowledging and responding to society’s changing needs and striving to produce the best communicators for the times. Elaine has designed and implemented many ACAD events—field trips, seminars and “visiting designer” programs that complement the VC curriculum. Each year, she creates and organizes a number of similar GDC-sponsored events, which are well attended by ACAD students. These include: the ACAD 4th Year Portfolio Show, the 4th Year Professional Panel Presentation Series and the 3rd Year Portfolio Workshop. Elaine also established a GDC scholarship program in 1999 that grants an annual award of $1,000 to the third-year Visual Communications student who excels in both graphic design and illustration.

Elaine Prodor loves her work. She is completely committed to her students and her school. She is passionate about graphic design. Elaine teaches to inspire that same passion in her students.